Standards & Regulations
June 9, 2011, Washington, D.C. - In answer to the many questions regarding the FAA’s new heliport advisory circular rewrite efforts I would like to offer up the views of the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA).
March 24, 2011, Vancouver - At Helicopter Association of Canada Annual Convention and Trade Show 2011, Night Flight Concepts (NFC) announced plans to expand operations into Canada, timed with the unveiling of a new strategic partnership with Helicopter Transport Services (Canada) Inc.
March 22, 2011, Alexandria, Va. - Major helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) associations have committed to “create the safest system possible for patients and the public” by adopting the data-driven safety recommendations of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). They called on all HEMS operators to join their efforts.
March 8, 2011 – Night Flight Concepts releases orientation kit and laser strike training at Heli Expo 2011.
The American Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser once said, “Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
March 3, 2011, London, U.K. - Since early 2007, an International Working Group (IWG) has been working, under the auspices of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), on developing new criteria for the classification and qualification of civil helicopter Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTDs).
March 2. 2011 – Since early 2007, an International Working Group (IWG) has been working, under the auspices of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), on developing new criteria for the classification and qualification of civil helicopter Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTDs).
Feb. 9, 2011, Gatineau, Que. - Pushing a series of four key reforms to improve helicopter safety, the Transportation Safety Board today released its final report into the fatal 2009 crash of Cougar Flight 91 off the coast of Newfoundland.
Jan. 13, 2011, Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday the National Transportation Safety Board adopted a study that concluded that general aviation airplanes equipped with airbags provide additional protection to occupants in accidents involving survivable forward impacts.
Dec. 30, 2010, Washington, D.C. - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wants the FAA and U.S. Forest Service to intensify their oversight of Part 135 operators who operate their helicopters and airplanes as public aircraft, it said in recommendations based on a 2008 Carson Helicopters S-61N crash that killed seven and injured four others.
Oct. 26, 2010, Ottawa - A comprehensive report released today by Deloitte and Touche shows that the Canadian aerospace industry is well-positioned to double the number of high-paying and high-quality jobs in Canada over the next ten years. The report was commissioned by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and released today at the Association's Annual General Meeting in Ottawa.
Sept. 29, 2010, Gatineau, Que. - Citing "encouraging progress," the Transportation Safety Board of Canada announced today an ambitious public target for uptake of its safety watchlist recommendations.
Dr. R. Adams Cowley coined the “Golden Hour” in the mid-1960s, and it refers to the concept that a critical trauma patient needs to be transported to a qualified trauma team within 60 minutes of injury or risk death from shock or its complications (Roy R. Banks, D.O., “Triangle of Death,” May 2002, JEMS).
It has always struck me as odd that we frequently see the same accidents year-over-year. Admittedly, helicopter operations have certain common vulnerabilities, blade strikes, roll-over, lost loads, unweighted lines, VFR into IMC, etc., but the underlying issues are virtually all human factors-related. These include training, SOPs, Best Practices, or the lack thereof.
No, this is not about vasectomies or cleanliness in the cabin. Several recent fixed and rotary wing accidents indicate that pilots conversing with passengers or other crew members on insignificant topics during critical operations including takeoffs and landings have led to accidents.
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